Next Monday sees the UK home entertainment release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. This time around, Paul Blart heads on a Vegas vacation, with his teenage daughter in tow. Blart is hoping to spend some time with his little princess before she goes away to college, but his mall cop instincts kick in, and inevitably, things do not quite go according to plan.
Blart isn’t the first overprotective Dad to grace the silver screen, and here are ten of the best.
10. Marlin (Finding Nemo)
Pixar’s 2003 family favourite sees Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, constantly warning his son Nemo about the dangers of the open sea.
His warnings fall on deaf ears, though, and Nemo is taken away by a diver on an ill-advised expedition. Rather than dwell on his son’s fate, however, Marlin embarks on a quest to save him, along with new friend Dory. The pair encounter deadly sharks and jellyfish, but Marlin doesn’t let them stop him from being reunited with his little boy.
9. Dr. Hank Pym (Ant-Man)
Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, the original insect-sized Marvel superhero in this year’s Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed.
Pym has spent decades hiding the secret of his Pym Particle, for fear it would be used for evil. When it becomes apparent that someone has replicated his work, he sets out to sabotage the project. However, despite the fact his daughter knows where the Yellow Jacket research is kept, has security clearance to get in, and is the girlfriend of the man who is in control of it, Pym chooses to keep her protected.
Instead, he puts the future of humanity into the hands of a petty criminal, a man who is a complete stranger, and doesn’t even want the job…
8. Harry Stamper (Armageddon)
Bruce Willis is Harry Stamper, father of Liv Tyler’s Grace Stamper, in Michael Bay’s 1998 action extravaganza.
Stamper and his team of deep core drillers are tasked with saving the world when it is discovered a giant asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. In amongst the training and preparation for the mission, we’re treated to the soap opera relationship between Stamper, his daughter, and her boyfriend A. J., played by Ben Affleck.
Stamper didn’t want his daughter to marry a driller, and tries desperately to keep the two apart. However, when the time comes for a suicide mission, Stamper takes A.J.’s place, making the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his daughter’s future happiness.
7. King Triton (The Little Mermaid)
In Disney’s 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid, Kenneth Mars voices the King of the sea, Triton, father of the titular Little Mermaid, Ariel.
Triton and Ariel constantly argue about Ariel’s dreams of visiting the surface. Triton repeatedly tells Ariel that the barbaric fish-eaters are not to be trusted. When Ariel becomes lovesick for a human, Triton angrily destroys her prized collection of human objects.
After she makes her way to the surface thanks to some magically obtained legs, she begins a relationship with Eric. Triton eventually gives his blessing to her relationship, not least because Eric has helped release him from a magical curse.
6. James Porter (College Road Trip)
Martin Lawrence plays James Porter in 2008’s College Road Trip, directed by Roger Kumble. Porter is a police chief, who isn’t quite ready to let go of his baby girl.
When Melanie applies for college, Porter plots to try to convince her to go to a local university close to the sleepy suburb where they make their home, so that he can continue to protect her. The pair embark on a road trip to tour the prospective institutions, but Porter’s reluctance to allow his daughter her independence leads to arguments, mishaps and general chaos.
Ultimately, Porter gives his daughter her blessing, and even risks life and limb to ensure she makes it to her application interview.
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